Julian Assange Is Very Ill & Nobody Is Talking About It: He’s Now In His Prison’s Health Ward
By Arjun Walia
Posted May 31, 2019
What’s happening to Julian Assange is heart-breaking. Wikileaks has been leaking verified information in the form of confidential classified documents for a number of years. These documents have exposed the corruption and deceit that appear to make up the backbone of modern day geopolitics. It’s because of this that Assange has been taken into custody, and not because he has really done anything ‘wrong’ or participated in actions that are a threat to ‘national security.’ Yes, those are the reasons he’s been put in jail, but the real motivations for the powerful elite to have arrested him are very different.
Assange is simply sharing information that exposes unethical and immoral actions, and national security has now become an umbrella term to conceal all kinds of information to protect corporate and political interests. More…
Founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, has been experiencing a decline of health for a long time. Since he has been taken into custody, his health has declined even more dramatically, and he is now in the hospital ward of the prison he’s in.
Why are we hearing very little about this story? How did Assange become ill?
People in Alabama Prisons Are Shackled to Buckets for Days on End
by Ella Fassler
Posted May 31, 2019
On March 25, 2019, Christopher Caldwell reportedly found himself nearly immobile, shackled to a bucket at Limestone Correctional Facility in Alabama. His pant legs were taped up, and his belly, feet and hands were shackled. Caldwell’s handcuffs were shackled to his belly, preventing him from moving his hands above his waist.
Caldwell had just been transferred to the prison from a relatively coveted work release center, and had already undergone extensive precautionary entrance procedures: several body cavity searches, metal detectors and drug dogs. But, per Capt. Patrick Robinson’s “bucket detail” policy — known colloquially as “shitting in a bucket” — Caldwell’s processing wasn’t complete. After guards placed him in a cell, shackled and taped him, he was told his restraints would not be removed until he “shat six times” in the bucket.
Caldwell was bound to the bucket in a cell without running water for five days. His pleas for help were either ignored by guards, or met with mace threats. More…
The US has the most prisoners of any nation in the world and its penal system is based on punishment, not rehabilitation. On top of this, the US is privatizing imprisonment and turning it in to profit centers for corporations.
How can a society reconcile being a prison state and surveilling its own population, while calling itself “The Land of the Free”? What incentives are there for privatized prisons to attempt to rehabilitate prisoners and have them not return to prison?
Is 5G Worth the Risks?
by Iishana Artra
Posted May 30, 2019
In recent months there’s been a lot of talk about 5G – the next generation of wireless technology. 5G is being touted as a necessary step to the ‘internet of things’ – a world in which our refrigerators alert us when we’re low on milk, our baby’s diapers tell us when they need to be changed, and Netflix is available everywhere, all the time. But what we’re not hearing is that evidence-based studies worldwide have clearly established the harmful effects of human exposure to pulsed radio frequency radiation from cell towers, cell phones and other devices – and that 5G will make the problem exponentially worse.
Most people believe that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) carefully assesses the health risks of these technologies before approving them. But in testimony taken by Senator Blumenthal of Connecticut, the FCC admitted it has not conducted any safety studies on 5G. More…
Multiple studies have shown that exposure to microwave radiation is harmful to human and animal health. The FCC has not even investigated the health effects.
Is it wise to proceed with the building of the 5G networks at our current fast rate without a full understanding of the consequences? Can we trust studies funded by the same corporations promoting this new (and very profitable) technology?
I’ve Seen Goldman Sachs From the Inside. We Need Public Banks
By Nomi Prins
Posted May 29, 2019
For far too long, Wall Street has wreaked havoc on people’s personal financial stability and our economy as a whole. I should know. As a managing director at Goldman Sachs in the early 2000s, I witnessed firsthand how the banking industry lined their pockets at the expense of customers.
Not much has changed since then. After the mortgage fraud crisis of 2007-08, the biggest banks were slapped with $216 billion in fines – a drop in the bucket for firms that raked in a cool $237 billion last year alone. Infamously, not a single banker went to jail. Today, Wall Street banks continue to commit fraud, enjoy front-row lobbying seats in Washington, write legislation on their own behalf, and maintain easy access to credit courtesy of the Federal Reserve.
The Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 placed some regulations on banks’ riskier bets. But, crucially, that reform failed to divide banks into two entities: one dealing with people’s FDIC insured deposits, and the other able to create complex securities and engage in derivatives trading using our deposits as collateral. Ten years after the financial crisis, our money is still very much at risk of being gambled away. More…
The too big to fail banks will do everything in their power to fight the creation of public banks.
Learn to recognize the voice of the big banks when you read or hear about why public banks are not a good idea. Remember, that their golden goose is at stake here, and lies will be told.
China’s Algorithms of Repression – Reverse Engineering a Xinjiang Police Mass Surveillance App
by Human Rights Watch
Posted May 28, 2019
This report provides a detailed description and analysis of a mobile app that police and other officials use to communicate with the Integrated Joint Operations Platform (IJOP, 一体化联合作战平台), one of the main systems Chinese authorities use for mass surveillance in Xinjiang. Human Rights Watch first reported on the IJOP in February 2018, noting the policing program aggregates data about people and flags to officials those it deems potentially threatening; some of those targeted are detained and sent to political education camps and other facilities. But by “reverse engineering” this mobile app, we now know specifically the kinds of behaviors and people this mass surveillance system targets.
The CCP has long embraced mass surveillance. Since 1949, the state and the Party have relied on information gathering and social management tools, such as “danwei” work units, the “hukou” residency registration system, and “dang’an” secret political files, to monitor people and maintain tight social control. Government agencies regularly collect a wide range of personal information about people, ranging from their political views to information about women’s use of birth control, and link it to their national identification card number, without people having the ability to challenge such collection.
Xinjiang authorities have collected biometrics, including DNA samples, fingerprints, iris scans, and blood types of all residents in the region between the ages of 12 and 65. Additionally, authorities have required residents to give voice samples when they apply for passports. All of this data is being entered into centralized, searchable databases. The collection of these biometrics is part of the government’s drive to form a “multi-modal” biometric portrait of individuals and to gather ever more data about its citizens. All of this data can be linked in police databases to the person’s identification number, which in turn is linked to a person’s other biometric and personal information on file, such as the kind of data described in this report. The use of mass surveillance extends beyond Xinjiang and into the Turkic Muslim diaspora as authorities pressure them to provide detailed information about themselves, including their address, phone number, and school or workplace. More…
The level of government surveillance of citizens is growing in all nations of the world, not just happening in China.
When will the citizens rise up against government surveillance in their private lives? With the level of surveillance already in place in the US and other western nations, how long before the level of surveillance in China reaches our shores?
What Happens When We Teach Peace?
By David Cook
Posted May 27, 2019
Earlier this year, I walked into the university classroom where I teach a course in Peace Studies. Seated in a circle around the room were seniors just shy of graduating. They would soon become doctors, social workers, teachers, community organizers, executives, and leaders. To open our semester together, I wrote a simple, three-word question on the board.
What is Peace?
Silence. Stumped by this tiny question, no one spoke. They did not have an answer, and I would later discover why: It was the first time in their life a teacher had asked them to define peace. More…
US Hits Julian Assange With 17 More Charges Under Espionage Act
By Joe Martino
Posted May 26, 2019
Julian Assange was hit with another 17 criminal charges under the espionage act today as a federal grand jury in Virginia returned a brand new indictment that adds 17 more charges to the original charge Assange was handed in March 2018. These are in connection with the alleged leaks publicly released in conspiracy with Chelsea Manning.
These new charges could land him in prison for the 170 years, all for doing what many are arguing are responsible and important acts of journalism. Need I remind that WikiLeaks has never had to make a retraction on their journalistic work. More…
The US Department of Justice just announced 17 more charges against Julian Assange for publishing leaks exposing government wrongdoing.
Should we be punishing journalists who help the world see who is running the countries they live in? Should we be seeing the amount of censorship we are seeing today?
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